Bolton Council election, 1998

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The 1998 Bolton Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council in Greater Manchester, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party kept overall control of the council.[1]

20 seats were contested in the election, with 15 being held by Labour, 3 by the Liberal Democrats and 2 by the Conservatives.[2] The 3 main parties contested all of the 20 seats, with 3 Socialist Labour Party and 4 other candidates standing.[2]

The election saw the lowest turnout in at least 30 years at 23.5%, a significant drop from the 36.8% turnout in the 1996 election.[3] Farnworth ward saw the lowest turnout at 15%, while the highest was 32.6% in Astley Bridge.[3] The Conservatives gained 2 seats in the election to become the main opposition party on the council again.[3] They gained Astley Bridge and Bradshaw wards from Labour, having defeated the Labour candidate in Bradshaw by 2 votes after 5 recounts.[3] However Labour held on in Kearsley by 8 votes and won Westhoughton from the Liberal Democrats to remain firmly in control of the council.[3]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Bolton Local Election Result 1998[3][4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 14 1 2 -1 70.0 47.2 23,549 -6.9
  Conservative 4 2 0 +2 20.0 30.3 15,127 +5.3
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 1 -1 10.0 19.5 9,715 -0.1
  Others 0 0 0 10.0 3.0 1,503 +3.0

Ward results[edit]

Astley Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J Walsh 1,742 49.0 +4.7
Labour S Hynes 1,576 42.9 -2.7
Liberal Democrat P Howarth 285 8.0 -2.0
Majority 216 6.1
Turnout 3,553 32.6 -6.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Labour to Con 3.7
Blackrod
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Monaghan 987 38.7 -4.4
Conservative R Barrow 743 29.1 +6.7
Independent Labour L Watkinson 553 21.7 -1.2
Liberal Democrat D Watts 267 10.5 -1.1
Majority 434 17.0 -3.3
Turnout 2,550 25.1 -12.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 5.5
Bradshaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A Osborn 1,242 44.2 +3.9
Labour L Byrne 1,240 44.1 -4.0
Liberal Democrat M Eidlow 327 11.6 -0.1
Majority 2 0.7
Turnout 2,809 25.8 -8.3
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Labour to Con 3.9
Breightmet
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Murray 1,155 59.7 -12.9
Conservative P Brierley 565 29.2 +12.5
Liberal Democrat E Hill 214 11.1 +0.4
Majority 590 30.5 -25.4
Turnout 1,934 19.2 -9.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 12.7
Bromley Cross
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D Carr 2,028 60.4 +11.9
Labour E Sherrington 1,041 31.0 -10.7
Liberal Democrat C Atty 287 8.6 -1.2
Majority 987 29.4 -22.5
Turnout 3,356 31.0 -9.7
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 11.3
Burnden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Howarth 1,223 66.3 -3.7
Conservative S Jackson 359 19.4 +3.8
Liberal Democrat D Connor 264 14.3 -0.2
Majority 864 46.8 -7.6
Turnout 1,846 19.3 -9.1
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 3.7
Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Noble 1,355 68.6 -9.0
Conservative L Beresford 411 20.8 +3.9
Liberal Democrat K Watts 127 6.4 +0.9
Independent R Allen 81 4.1 +4.1
Majority 944 47.8 -12.9
Turnout 1,974 25.1 -8.9
Labour hold Swing Labour to Ind 6.5
Daubhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G Harkin 1,055 63.2 -13.7
Conservative F Taylor 368 22.1 +7.6
Liberal Democrat L Greensitt 181 10.9 +2.3
Socialist Labour D Kelly 64 3.8 +3.8
Majority 687 41.2 -21.1
Turnout 1,668 18.9 -11.5
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 10.6
Deane-cum-Heaton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C Shaw 2,184 57.2 +8.6
Labour J Lavin 1,186 31.1 -7.2
Liberal Democrat L Greenhalgh 446 11.7 -1.4
Majority 998 26.8 +16.5
Turnout 3,716 28.8 -8.5
Conservative hold Swing Labour to Con 7.9
Derby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G Riley 1,765 78.7 -5.1
Conservative R Wood 307 13.7 +3.4
Liberal Democrat L Bale 172 7.7 +1.7
Majority 1458 65.0 -13.5
Turnout 2,244 24.3 -11.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 4.2
Farnworth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Johnston 903 63.5 -18.5
Liberal Democrat M Rothwell 197 13.8 +4.9
Conservative P Bonomy 180 12.6 +3.5
Socialist Labour W Kelly 143 10.0 +10.0
Majority 706 49.6 -23.3
Turnout 1,423 15.2 -9.1
Labour hold Swing Labour to Soc Lab 14.2
Halliwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M Kilcoyne 1,353 63.7 -3.1
Conservative J Evans 414 19.5 +6.2
Liberal Democrat S Howarth 356 16.8 -3.1
Majority 939 44.2 -2.7
Turnout 2,123 22.7 -7.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 4.6
Harper Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour L Willimson 1,012 63.9 -14.8
Conservative S Kesler 266 16.8 +4.2
Liberal Democrat W Connor 154 9.7 +1.0
Socialist Labour W Kelly 152 9.6 +9.6
Majority 746 47.1 -19.1
Turnout 1,584 15.5 -7.9
Labour hold Swing Labour to Soc Lab 12.2
Horwich
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat R Ronson 1,963 55.0 -3.4
Labour S Pasquill 1,005 28.2 +5.5
Conservative I Cooper 598 16.8 -3.1
Majority 958 26.9 -8.7
Turnout 3,566 31.0 -12.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing LD to Labour 4.4
Hulton Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Hyland 2,156 48.4 +6.5
Conservative M Perks 1,363 30.6 -4.7
Independent Conservative C Higson 511 11.5 +11.5
Liberal Democrat D Gradwell 421 9.5 -13.3
Majority 793 17.8 +11.2
Turnout 4,451 24.1 -9.4
Labour hold Swing LD to Ind Con 12.4
Kearsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Spencer 1,023 45.9 -15.8
Liberal Democrat J Rothwell 1,015 45.5 +13.6
Conservative J Tyler 193 8.7 +2.3
Majority 8 3.6 -26.1
Turnout 2,231 21.7 -8.0
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 14.7
Little Lever
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A Connell 1,498 58.2 -3.7
Conservative D Bailey 855 33.2 +1.7
Liberal Democrat W Crook 220 8.6 +2.0
Majority 643 25.0 -5.4
Turnout 2,573 27.5 -9.2
Labour hold Swing Labour to LD 2.8
Smithills
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat R Hayes 1,676 61.5 +5.4
Labour M Ord 567 20.8 -3.0
Conservative D Bagnall 483 17.7 -2.4
Majority 1,109 40.7 +8.4
Turnout 2,726 32.1 -11.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing Labour to LD 4.2
Tonge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F White 1,499 66.7 -3.5
Conservative S Lever 567 25.2 +5.6
Liberal Democrat M Whittaker 182 8.1 -2.1
Majority 932 41.4 -9.2
Turnout 2,248 28.3 -5.3
Labour hold Swing Labour to Con 4.5
Westhoughton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D Chadwick 924 44.3 -4.1
Liberal Democrat D Wilkinson 905 43.3 +1.3
Conservative S Wallen 259 12.4 +2.7
Majority 19 0.9 -5.5
Turnout 2,088 23.6 -13.2
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing Labour to Con 3.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Local Elections results". The Times. 9 May 1998. p. 46. 
  2. ^ a b "Voters' chance to give verdict on Labour's first 12 months". Bolton Evening News. 6 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Low poll 'a disgrace'". Bolton Evening News. 8 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16.